View from the Porch, by Paul Willcott

The only way I can think of to make the country less divided

It’s hard work. It requires determination. It cannot wait until both parties decide to try it. I refer to making an effort to have civil conversation with people who voted the other way. Since the election, I’ve expressed political opinions here and online at www.geezerblockhead.com. ...

Please Tweet at me, Mr. Trump

Occasionally I suffer from low self-esteem. Donald Trump’s prominence has aggravated this condition. The man Tweets like mad. He takes it as his high calling to — among other purposes — destroy people by means of insulting 140-character messages. And yet even though I’ve done my ...

My America is not the one they want back

One Presidential candidate believed that multiculturalism and women’s equality are unqualified blessings and that government should promote them. She won the election by something over 2.5 million votes. That’s probably why hate groups and hate crimes and ordinary incivility are ...

Thank you, Mr. Trump

Initially, the result of the election scared me. A lot. I was shaken to my core by the possibility that Trump’s racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic statements and actions during the campaign might actually find their way into the laws and regulations of this good country. But ...

Election reflections

America has flaws, but it’s far more worthy of respect than Donald Trump would have us believe. We do too little to preserve the planet from overheating. Too many people are poor. Education needs to be improved. The tax code is unnecessarily complicated and favors the rich. Medical care ...